1LT Walter Thomas “Tiger” Mayberry

1LT Walter Thomas “Tiger” Mayberry

Birth
Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida, USA
Death 30 Aug 1943 (aged 28)
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION 78 SITE 930-934
Memorial ID 41263123 · View Source
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SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1943, PAGE FOURTEEN

WALTER MAYBERRY OF FOOTBALL FAME LISTED AS MISSING
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 8--First Lieut. Walter Mayberry, marine flier and captain of the University of Florida football team in 1936, is missing in action, his father, Thomas Mayberry of Daytona beach, has been advised.

The airman, who won wide recognition for his prowess as a punter during his high school and college days, recently was credited with downing three Japanese planes. He was an all-Southeast conference back in 1936.

WALT MAYBERRY, EX-GATOR GRID STAR MISSING
DAYTONA BEACH--First Lt. Walter Mayberry, USMCR, former University of Florida football star, is missing in action "in performance of his duty and in the service of his country," his father, Thomas Mayberry, has been informed.

Word of the flier's disappearance was received from Lt. Gen. T. Holcomb, commander of the Marine corps.

Young Mayberry, who recently was credited with downing three Japanese planes, was captain of the Daytona Beach high Buccaneer grid squad before going to the University of Florida. He was captain of the Florida squad and gained wide recognition for his punting prowess. He was an all-Southeastern conference back.

Information from http://marines.togetherweserved.com:

Member of VMF-123 (Eight Balls) Marine Fighter Squadron.

Mission History: Took off on an escort mission over Kahili Airfield on Bougainville. Intercepted by A6M Zeros, this F4U was shot down off Fauro Island.

Fate of the Pilot: Mayberry was captured by the Japanese and transported to Rabaul where he was held as a prisoner at Tunnel Hill POW Camp. On March 3/4,1944, he was executed at Tunnel Hill. He was one of 31 Allied aviator POWs that were executed at Tunnel Hill near Rabaul on March 3/4, 1944.

First Lieutenant Walter (Tiger) Mayberry, Daytona Mainland H.S. and University of Florida football great, but more importantly a national war hero who gave his life for his country, was buried on March 21, 1950 at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.


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1LT, US MARINE CORPS WORLD WAR II


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